Jim Parham PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Jim is a broadly trained herpetologist (although clearly he is into turtles). He recently completed a postdoc in molecular systematics at the Joint Genome Institute following his PhD work in paleontology at U.C. Berkeley. Before that he studied geology at the University of Rhode Island. He is primarily interested in how human activities impact our ability to reconstruct natural patterns of reptile diversity (through extinction), distribution (through extirpation and exotic introduction), and phylogenetic relationships (through genetic pollution). He also studies the evolution of major turtle lineages by integrating paleontology with molecular systematics.